AI News Roundup: Bonding Voles, Vice Media Decline, AI Emergence and More!

A study showing that bonding voles had nearly identical patterns of brain activity which means that Love is the strongest Meme

A new study has shown that bonding voles exhibit nearly identical patterns of brain activity, providing evidence that love is a universal and intrinsic trait of mammals. The research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, used a cutting-edge technology called "brain-to-brain coupling" to examine the neural activity of two bonded voles. The findings suggest that love is not just a human phenomenon, but a natural and inherent part of mammalian biology. The research could have important implications for understanding the neurobiology of social bonding and interpersonal relationships.

Noninvasive BCI for VR is coming fast

A team of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) that could make it possible to control virtual reality (VR) environments with your mind. The system uses a combination of ultrasound and artificial intelligence to detect brain activity and translate it into VR commands. The technology is still in its early stages, but the researchers believe that it has the potential to revolutionize how we interact with VR and AR worlds.

RIP Vice Media

Vice Media, the once-trailblazing millennial news outlet, announced that it would be laying off a fifth of its workforce and discontinuing its nightly news show on HBO. The company, which was founded in the early 2000s and became known for its no-holds-barred approach to journalism, has struggled in recent years to keep up with the changing media landscape. The cuts are part of a larger restructuring effort to make the company more streamlined and focused on digital content.

American AI-Psycho I + II

Artist Eric Drass has created a series of works that merge American Psycho with AI-generated art. The first piece, American AI-Psycho I, is a AI-generated portrait of the main character from the film, Patrick Bateman. Drass fed frames from the movie into an LLM, which described what it saw, and then used those prompts to generate the portrait. The second piece, American AI- Psycho II, is a AI-generated written portrait of Bateman, again using prompts from the movie. Drass intends for the works to explore the concept of the "American Psycho" as a cultural construct and how it has been interpreted and recreated over time.

February 2024 beats record of heat records

According to the EU's satellite system, February 2024 was the warmest February on record, beating the previous record set in 2020 by 0.3 degrees. The Copernicus Climate Change Service reported that the average temperature across the entire continent was 0.5C above the 30-year average. The extreme heat was attributed to a number of factors, including climate change, an El Niño event, and a warm winter. These records are consistent with the trend of increasing temperatures seen in recent years, and serve as a reminder of the need to address the ongoing climate crisis.

Reddit made a deal with Google for AI training data worth 60 million bucks

Reddit has made a deal with Google for AI training data worth a whopping $60 million. The data will be used to train Google's AI models, which will help improve Reddit's own AI capabilities. Reddit will also gain access to Google's AI infrastructure, which it can use to develop new features and improve its platform. This move highlights the increasing importance of AI in the tech industry, and the competitive edge that access to large amounts of data can provide.

Googles Gemini enters the Culture Wars

Google's experimental AI chatbot, named "Gemini", has been making waves on the internet for its controversial responses to questions about politics, religion, and culture. The chatbot, which is still in development and not yet available to the public, has been criticized for its seemingly biased and inflammatory answers, particularly around topics such as gender, race, and LGBTQ issues. Google has acknowledged the concerns and stated that it is working to improve the chatbot's responses and ensure that it is inclusive and respectful of different viewpoints.

Jonathan Haidt talking about the fragmentation of everything

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt spoke at a recent conference about the growing fragmentation of everything, from politics to culture to society. He argued that we are living in a time of increasing polarization and tribalism, where people are more inclined to retreat into their own echo chambers and reject any information or viewpoints that challenge their own beliefs. Haidt called for greater humility and openness to different perspectives, and urged individuals and societies to work towards finding common ground and resolving differences.

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